New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand knows how to pay people back: After Reid called her the Senate's "hottest member," she told The View today that she wasn't offended. "He was trying to be sweet," she said. "Harry Reid is an extraordinary man." She went on to credit Reid for a legislative victory to which she herself had been given much credit. "On 'don't ask, don't tell', it was Harry Reid who very early on wrote a letter to the president and said we want you to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell,'" she explained. "And that really set us up. The president put it in his State of the Union address ... Chairman Levin agreed immediately to hold a hearing. So we were able to create the testimony and a record to repeal that very corrosive policy." And Gillibrand vowed to continue to battle on behalf of gays, who were among her most vocal supporters in her reelection this fall. When Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked her what her priorities were in the Senate this year, Gillibrand spoke at length about job creation. "But there are other issues," she said before Sherri Shepherd could change the subject. "I also want to work on marriage equality. I want to make sure that everyone in this country can be married to the people they love."
[via Daily Politics/NYDN]